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A 24th person with coronavirus dies in Connecticut prison

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Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public

Bridgeport man is first incarcerated person of 2022 to die of COVID-19 in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Correction has confirmed the first death of a local prison inmate of 2022. A department spokesperson says that a 64-year old Bridgeport man died on January 4.

The man, who CTDOC won’t identify, is the 24th incarcerated person to die from COVID-19 in Connecticut since the pandemic began.

“We are not able to release his name due to privacy laws,” a department spokesperson wrote to Connecticut Public in an email.

He was incarcerated at the Bridgeport Correctional Institution after being arrested and charged with first degree robbery in July. But after testing positive, he was transferred to a Department of Correction COVID-19 isolation unit at the Macdougall Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield on New Year’s Day.

According to the department spokesperson, the man became unresponsive during a recent exam and had to be hospitalized.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital on January 4.

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